Music by Claudio Monteverdi

Libretto by Alessandro Striggio

Lauren Joyanne Morris and Spirits
Ed Lyon in the Underworld
Ed Lyon and Enesemble
Diana Montague, Zoë Drummond and Ensemble
Zoë Drummond & Ed Lyon (The Marriage)

This production of La Favola d'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi & Alessandro Striggio opened at Garsington Opera on 1st June 2022. The set was designed so that the stage could be shared by singers, dancers and musicians, all working together and relating to one another throughout the performance. The opera was sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Creative Team

Conductor/Harpsichord Laurence Cummings
Director John Caird
Designer Robert Jones
Lighting Director Paul Pyant
Choreographer Arielle Smith
Assistant Conductor/Harpsichord Christopher Bucknall
Assistant Director Rebecca Melzer
Dance Captain Amber Doyle
Chorus Director Jonathon Swinard-Cole
Music Staff Nicholas Ansdell-Evans
Language Coach Patrizia Dina
Surtitles Kenneth Chalmers
Stage Manager Ray Bingle
Deputy Stage Manager Felix Kröger
Assistant Stage Manager Zoë Morgan


La Musica Claire Lees
Ninfa Anna Cavaliero
Orfeo Ed Lyon
Euridice Zoë Drummond
Messagiera Diana Montague
La Speranza Laura Fleur
Caronte Frazer Scott
Proserpina Lauren Joyanne Morris
Pluto Ossian Huskinson
Solo Shepherds and Spirits Florian Panzieri, David Horton, Richard Pinkstone, Georgia Mae Bishop, Dafydd Jones, Philippe Durrant, Joe Chalmers, Michael Bell
Spirits of the Dance Amber Doyle, Maddy Brennan, Benjamin Derham, Annie Joy Edwards, Cameron Everitt, Emily Gunn

The English Concert

Violin Nadja Zwiener (Leader), Elizabeth McCarthy
Viola Jordan Bowron, Charlotte Fairbairn
Bass Violin Joseph Crouch
Violone Carina Cosgrave
Theorbo Sergio Bucheli, Pablo FitzGerald
Harp Joy Smith
Cornett/Recorder Conor Hastings, Helen Roberts, Adrian Woodward(3 June)
Trumpet Mark Bennett
Trombone/Trumpet Tom Lees, Hilary Belsey, Adam Crighton, Andrew Harwood-White, Adrian France
Percussion Pedro Segunda
Harpsichords and Organ provided and tuned by Simon Neal